Welcome to a special new re-release of Holly Cole’s much loved 2001 Christmas recording ““Baby Its Cold Outside”. We determined to add songs from the Holly Cole Trio’s first ever recording from 1989, a recording never released on Vinyl and never before released outside of Canada. Three songs from that recording, the EP, titled Christmas Blues, have been added to the new international Vinyl release and the full 4 songs from the EP have been added to the new CD release. All the songs from both the LP and CD has been re-mastered and the new Vinyl LP is pressed on 180 gram Vinyl. The sound and audio quality from both the LP and the CD is exquisite and both releases have new photo’s and images from the original time periods. The new release has been re-named “Baby Its Cold Outside and I’ve Got the Christmas Blues”.

The material on the new release ranges from the very intimate and serious playing of a piano / vocal trio that had honed their skills playing live together whilst creating a rabid live audience in the Queen West “alternative music” scene of Toronto in the late 80’s / early 90’s to the excitement of a large jazz orchestra, arranged and conducted by pianist Aaron Davis. The material is strong. Few vocalists would attempt to cover the Vince Guaraldi classic "Christmastime is Here," but Cole's version honors the original by not being too showy or Broadway-ish and while many singers might try and bring pop songs into jazzy arrangements, few manage to nail it as well as Cole has done over her career and particularly with her intimately impassioned cover from the original “Christmas Blues” EP of Chrissie Hynde’s “Two Thousand Miles”.

The addition of the intimate Trio tracks from the Christmas Blues EP makes for a very appealing and unique Holiday release. They juxtapose beautifully with the likes of the orchestral versions of “Santa Baby”, "'Zat You Santa Claus" , Wildwood Carol” and "Christmas Is”, all giving Cole plenty of opportunity to show off her range, vocally and emotionally and the musicians, especially David Piltch on Bass and Aaron Davis on piano, their significant abilities and playing prowess. Cole playfully scats her way through "Sleigh Ride" (accompanied solely by bassist David Piltch), gets low and sultry for "What About Me," and gives soft, delicate performances on songs like "I'll Be Home for Christmas". While researching the original masters we found a previously un-released fun version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” which has been added for the first time as a Bonus track to both the Vinyl and CD.

We hope you enjoy!

Cole and band have created a unique release of holiday standards, especially with "The Christmas Song," and with the Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson making a cameo as vocalist on the title track. The sound ranges from the intimate candlelight of piano trio accompaniment, to the blazing fire of a large jazz orchestra.


Holly Cole was born on November 25, 1963 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From the start she was surrounded by music and musicians. Her parents were both classical players, her brother is a composer and jazz artist and her grandfather played C&W accordion. In her mid teens she discovered jazz through Nina Simone and Betty Carter. This discovery led to an impromptu visit to her brother at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA., where she got a real feel for performing jazz. In 1983 Holly traveled to Toronto to seek a career in music. Three years later in 1986 she formed the Holly Cole Trio with pianist Aaron Davis and bassist David Piltch. In 1989 she signed her first record deal in Canada with Canadian indie Label Alert Music releasing that year a 4 song EP, Christmas Blues followed by her first full length recording "Girl Talk" in 1990 and all subsequent recordings in Canada up to and including 2001’s Baby Its Cold Outside. Alert licensed all those recordings (except the two Christmas releases) to the prestigious Blue Note/ Metro Blue/ Manhattan Records in NYC, headed by mentor, friend and super fan Bruce Lundvall. Those international releases starting in 1992 with Blame It on My Youth and included 6 Cole albums from 1992to 2000, including "Blame It On My Youth", "Don't Smoke In Bed", "Temptation", "It Happened One Night", "Dark Dear Heart" and "Romantically Helpless". In 2001, Holly recorded her first full l length Christmas CD "Baby It's Cold Outside" (following 1989's "Christmas Blues" EP) which was released to coincide with her national Christmas Symphony tour at that time. In 2003, Holly began to take financial control of her recording career by producing and owning her albums "Shade", "Holly Cole" , "NIGHT", “HOLLY” and MONTREAL (Live), all of which are presently licensed to Universal Music Canada for the World.

On October 21, 2022 a compilation of her two Christmas recordings released individually on Alert Music in 1989 and 2001 titled “Baby Its Cold Outside and I’ve Got the Christmas Blues” was released on Alert Music, distributed worldwide by Universal Music Canada.


Holly Cole Trio:
1989 - Christmas Blues
1990 – Girl Talk
1991 – Blame It On My Youth
1993 – Don’t Smoke In Bed
1995 – Temptation
1996 – It Happened One Night

Holly Cole:
1997 – Dark Dear Heart
1998 – Treasure
2000 – Romantically Helpless
2001 – Baby It’s Cold Outside
2003 – Shade
2004 – Collection Volume 1
2007 - Holly Cole
2011 - Steal the Night: Live at the Glenn Gould Studio
2012 – NIGHT
2017 - HOLLY
2021 – MONTREAL (Live)
2022 - Baby Its Cold Outside and I’ve Got the Christmas Blues


1993 - When I Was a Boy - Jane Siberry
1994 - When Doves Cry: The Music of Prince
1995 - Color and Light: Music of Stephen Sondheim
1997 - Time and Love: The Music of Laura Nyro
1999 - Vertigo - Jesse Cook
2000 - Jazz Xmas Millennium - Ken Basskie Araki
2009 - Second Side - Brandi Disterheft
2011 - Kings and Queens - Blackie and the Rodeo Kings


1993 - The Fairy Who Didn't Want To be a Fairy Anymore - Acting/Singing Role - Norman Jewison Institute - Dir: Laurie Lynde
1996-1997 - Nilus the Sandman - Acting/Singing Role - 5 Episodes
1996 - Due South - Acting/Singing Role - 3 Episodes
1997 - The Hanging Garden - Dir: Thom Fitzgerald
1999 - Lulu On The Bridge - Dir: Paul Auster


1990 - Girl Talk -Platinum (100,000)
1991 - Blame It On My Youth- Gold (50,000)
1993 - Don’t Smoke In Bed - Platinum
1994 – Gemini Award – My Foolish Heart – “Best Performance in a Performance Arts Program or Series” and “Best Performance Arts or Series”
1994 – Juno Award – Don’t Smoke In Bed – “Best Contemporary Jazz Album”
1994 - East Coast Music Awards- "Best New Jazz Artist"
1995 - Temptation- Gold
1995 – Gemini Award – Intimate and Interactive with Holly Cole Trio (on Much Music) – “Best Performance in a Performances Arts Program or Series”
1995 - Women Who Make A Difference Awards- "Outstanding Commitment and Leadership in Performing Arts"
1997 - Dark Dear Heart- Gold
1999 - Vantage Women of Originality Award
2000 - Romantically Helpless- Gold
2000 - Cream of the Crop Award- "Favourite Jazz Performer of the Decade-1991-2000"
2001 - Juno Award – Romantically Helpless – “Recording Engineer of the Year”
2004 – Juno Award – Shade – “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”
2004 – Juno Award – Shade – “Recording Engineer of the Year”
2013 - Festival International de Jazz de Montreal-Ella Fitzgerald Award


1993 - Blame It On My Youth- Gold (Japan)
1993 - "Calling You" Number 1 on Japanese Pop Chart
1993 - Grand Prix Gold Disc Award- "Best Jazz Album" - Blame It On My Youth (Japan)
1993 - Grand Prix Gold Disc Award- "Best New Artist" (Japan)
1993 - ADLIB-Best Record of the Year Award- "Don't Smoke In Bed" (Japan)
2009 - U.S. Top 10 Best of the Year Recordings at National Public Radio (NPR)


“...she consistently proves that delivering a lyric is as much a creative art as writing one”
- Rolling Stone

"Husky- and sultry-voiced, with a sexy mischievous wink, Cole dips into country , jazz, folk and pop with equal aplomb - and allure"
- Paul De Barros, Seattle

“ successful was she at reaching and elevating an audience through sheer seductive vocal magic and commanding stage presence”
- Austin American-Statesman

“...she exudes as much fun as feeling in concert treating the people to a rare performance that was musically rewarding and refreshingly intimate”
- Calgary Herald

“A Cole recording or performance is something of a deli smoothie: she throws the raw materials into a musical blender, and out comes a tall cool refreshment”
- The Vancouver Sun

“Cole’s voice: smoky, though not quite sultry; as sly as it is sexy; and brimming with adventure bordering on recklessness. And it bears an alluring touch of darkness, though it’s not without a mitigating hint of optimism”
- The Wall Street Journal

“Ms. Cole invented her own niche as a chanteuse”
- The New York Times

"...her voice was a superb instrument, one that she easily controlled, rich with color and emotion, sometimes mutating, in a single note, from warm openness to a piercing wail"
- Los Angeles Times

“Cole has impressed as one of the most inspired and inspiring contemporary interpreters of popular song”
- Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Her smoky, eloquent voice can transform even the most familiar tunes into jewels”
- Oakland Tribune

"Holly Cole foulait les planches du TNM hier soir pour le premier d’une série de trois concerts à guichets fermés….La Torontoise d’adoption a enchanté l’auditoire avec ses envolées vocales senties, son air pétillant et ses relectures aussi variées qu’inspirées….toujours aussi lumineuse, voire même incandescente."
- Journal de Montréal

“Holly Cole est une interprète de première classe. Lorsqu’elle s’attarde aux paroles, elle les retourne dans tous les sens, les dissèque, les déconstruit, puis les remet à sa main pour que sa façon de chanter sonne non seulement personelle, mais comme si c’était la toute première fois”
- Le Soleil

" En « pré-ouverture du 34e Festival international de jazz de Montréal, les spectateurs ont assisté hier au TNM à plus qu'un tour de chant ou un récital : ils ont vu un spectacle total livré par une chanteuse au style affirmé accompagnée de quatre musiciens qui, au-delà de leur art propre, comprennent la scène. On parle ici de showmanship."
- La Presse

"Interprétée à sa façon, toute chanson devient une pièce de résistance grâce aux chaudes couleurs qu'elle sait leur apporter"
- Journal de Québec